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How to Make the Most of Orientation!

Updated: May 29

Congratulations on graduating high school and embarking on your college journey! Right now, you're in that exciting transition period, (mostly) finished with high school but not yet started with college classes. So what’s between the two? Orientation.

Orientations start as early as next week, and trust me, they can be information overload. You'll be moving from building to building, attending various talks and sessions. It’s not uncommon to feel a little dazed at the end, but that’s okay. While a lot happens during orientation, you can make the most of it. Preparing for orientation is also a great way for you to begin practicing advocating for yourself and living independently.

Now parents, many colleges and universities have sessions for you, too. They usually aren't as many in number as what your student attends and typically don't require the overnight stay. These are the sessions where you learn about operations at the university and how to support your student through the transition. Your preparation isn't as extensive as your students, but you can gently guide them through the tips that are shared here.

Before you go, complete all your paperwork and forms before you arrive, and bring any forms that need to be submitted there. Confirm that your final high school transcripts have been sent to your chosen college. If you took any AP exams, confirm those sores were also sent to your college or university.

To make the most of your orientation, come prepared. Check the agenda (and the weather) so you can pack accordingly.  Forgetting your most comfortable shoes is no fun when walking all across campus.  Also, bring a notepad and pen—while you'll likely get an orientation packet, having a place to take your own notes is helpful.

Orientation is usually where you'll create your fall schedule. Depending on when you attend, you may or may not have a wide range of course options. Your choices may be determined by your class standing or major (freshmen often have limited options), but you sometime have some flexibility with electives. It's a good idea to browse the course catalog and select 3-5 electives you're interested in, just in case your first choices aren’t available.  Also, your options might change at the beginning of the fall semester, so stay flexible.

Lastly, use orientation as an opportunity to get connected.  Before you go, use social media to learn more about your college than what’s on their official IG page.  Connect with other students and student organizations by using searching hashtags for your hometown, graduating year, etc. and meet up during orientation.  And talk to a few upperclassmen while you’re there.  It’s nice to get information from current students, too.

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